Member Biography

John F. Byrne Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1951-1952       8 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


02/21/1911 - 08/06/1965

John F. Byrne Sr. (D8) Philadelphia County 1951-1952     

Early Life:

John F. Byrne Sr., born February 21, 1911, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Saint Joseph Preparatory School; La Salle College, business degree; engaged, real estate, insurance broker; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1951- resigned, 1952; elected, Democrat, Philadelphia City Council, Northeast Philadelphia's 10th district, 1952-1958; appointed, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 1958-1965; married, Dorothy M. Setzer Byrne, son, John F. Byrne, Jr.; died, August 6, 1965 (aged 54) Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate 8th district, Philadelphia County, 1951- resigned, 1952.  

Elected, Democrat, Philadelphia City Council, Northeast Philadelphia's 10th district, 1952-1958.

Appointed, Governor George Michael Leader, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 1958-1965. 


Son, Pennsylvania State Senator John F. Byrne, Jr., 6th district, Philadelphia County, 1967-1970.

John F. Byrne Jr. - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

Byrne Golf Club, Northeast Philadelphia, named in honor of John F. Byrne, Sr.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

The Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Saturday, August 7, 1965, Page 14.

Daily Courier, The (Connellsville, Pennsylvania) Saturday August 7, 1965, · Page 1.  

Judge John F. Byrne Sr. (1911-1965) - Find a Grave Memorial